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Khorvis
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Orgrimmar: Broadsided

Postby Khorvis » January 22nd, 2015, 8:58 am

((Crosspost from TNG))

Dawn crept down the cliffs of Orgrimmar, accompanied by a chill wind and the sound of flapping parchment. On nearly every signpost and tavern door was nailed, glued, or tied a broadside of political propaganda. Peon workers and goblin merchants paused for a few moments of their morning to study the message, then returned to the long work of rebuilding the scarred city. Few cared to discuss the wild accusations, and yet an anxious mood settled upon some of the Horde citizenry. If there were more fistfights in the Drag that night, harsher lashings of peons in the market, or more distrustful glares during the exchange of gold, no one thought to speak note of it.


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Grimal
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Re: Orgrimmar: Broadsided

Postby Grimal » January 22nd, 2015, 10:50 am

Grimal was heading through Orgrimmar to get to the Outlands portal, he had a bit of business to take care of out in old Draenor. But he stopped to get a flask of something strong to keep him awake, then noticed this gem of a flyer attached to the door. He groaned at this idiotic propaganda. "And here I thought things were clearing up around here. Nether be damned. And who the hell is Riftwind Holdings?" Shaking his head he tore the sign off the door and crumpled it up, tossing it in a trash bin when he walked inside to the bar. "Two flasks of Volatile Rum and you probably shouldn't leave shit on your door. People might think the place doesn't get cleaned." To which the barkeep gave him a nice 'go to hell' look and sat his flasks on the counter without a word. Grimal paid and left, noticing all the other flyers as he headed to the cleft of shadows. Far too many for him to bother with.

Julilee
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Re: Orgrimmar: Broadsided

Postby Julilee » January 22nd, 2015, 11:41 am

Broadsided was certainly how Juli felt.

She looked up in shock at the messenger who had brought her the flyer. The orc shifted his feet uncomfortably, and she remembered herself.

"Thank you for bringing this to my attention," she said. "You may go."

He departed, and when her office door shut behind him, Juli slowly sank down into her chair, still holding the flyer.

Just two nights ago, she had taken care to inform a potential new recruit of Sanctuary's troubled history. Vilmah had been there to drive the point home. To espouse peace and justice was to draw the wrath of those who believed only aggression and mercilessness were good for the Horde. Juli always took care to ensure that new recruits understood that Sanctuary's ideals were not popular – and could be be met with violent response.

But Sanctuary's banners had been flying again for months. They had established a garrison in Draenor, had followed the will of the Warchief in Highmaul and Ashran. Vol'jin was a reasonable Warchief, and Sanctuary had not had any conflict between its ideals and its orders. Juli herself had certainly done nothing to merit this libel.

Or had she?

Regardless, the consequences she stared at now were dire. In one stroke, everything Sanctuary had built since Garrosh's downfall was nearly undone. With this, undecided minds and hearts would be swayed. With this, Sanctuary was thrust into dark times once more.

Another messenger arrived. She was summoned to Orgrimmar.
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Julilee
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Re: Orgrimmar: Broadsided

Postby Julilee » January 27th, 2015, 5:26 pm

After her meeting with one of Vol'jin's staff, Juli returned to Sanctuary Garrison and her office. Closing the door behind herself, she leaned back against it wearily. It had been a stressful interrogation, but she had made it through not only without being threatened with violence, but with her guild charter intact.

She'd kept no secrets when asked about the overtures Sanctuary had made toward Alliance guilds such as the Order of the Redblade, though nothing had even come of any of it yet. Surprisingly, the representative had all but dismissed those as being of concern. "Vol'jin has worked with the Alliance when it served the Horde," he told her. "As long as you do the same..." The threat had technically been unstated, and left at that.

There had been more to the interrogation, but it was that statement which had given her food for thought during the trip back to Draenor.

Those whose ill will was attracted by Sanctuary tended to focus on only one of its tenets. It was an important tenet, of course; though they all were, it did come first. Peace. The number of epithets she had heard directed at members of Sanctuary that included something about "hugging" probably outnumbered any others. Being reluctant to engage in violence was cause for suspicion in the eyes of some, and they thought that was all embracing peace meant.

Yet peace was ultimately the scion of justice. There could be no peace without justice. Those who condemned Sanctuary's tenets failed to understand that. They thought no further than simply being the strongest, than simply defeating the enemy, but the only way to ever stop making enemies was with justice. To be strong, but not cruel.

Justice was strength tempered by mercy and sacrifice. It was harder to be just than it was to simply prevail over another, and so much harder to grasp that truth if one had never known or seen evidence of its indelibility.

Juli knew all this, and knew well that there were some who did not understand it, and never could. But after the day she had just had, which hasn't turned out nearly as bad as she had expected, she was realizing something else.

Whoever had posted those broadsides had seen any compromise with the Alliance as inherently condemnable. Vol'jin did not. Those broadsides would have had her hanged if Garrosh was still in power; but that era was well and truly over. And that way of thinking had had its chance.

If Sanctuary ever had a time, it was now. Now, when the Horde was still recovering from the consequences of Garrosh's warmongering. Now, when Thrall had recognized Vol'jin as a leader worthy of the Horde.

These thoughts would be forefront in her mind for the days to come.
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Re: Orgrimmar: Broadsided

Postby Sethinus » January 28th, 2015, 1:03 am

Sethinus Riftwind closed the stained-glass doors to the ornate balcony of his study. In the dim twilight, Wildhammer gryphon riders could be seen mounting their feathered steeds in the courtyard below. The click of talons on cobblestone was silenced as they took to the air with the beating of massive wings and rapidly dwindled over the horizon. Soon enough his guests were out of sight and the master returned to his desk and papers.

"Good relations with your neighbors is a bloody fine thing, Edgar." Sethinus gloated to the shambling husk of a knight that had just finished cleaning the mess of a feast that the dwarves had left in the great hall. "Never shit where you eat - that is, unless you have a dumb oaf to wipe your ass!" He threw an empty chalice of gold at the forsaken deathknight, which bounced from a mindless skull and rolled on the carpeted manor floor. Sir Edgar Boneslave only groaned a dormant affirmation of his master's crude humor and stood awaiting orders.

The blood elf lounged untiredly in his plush leather armchair and fondled a ream of parchments which all bore the same print of the broadsides distributed in Orgrimmar. He stared viciously at the libelous image of Commander Liene and rambled onward, "And you did right to remind our dear Lasher Bloodstar of Aerie Peak before the Grim war party assembled. I would wager your pretty runeblade that he is rolling in my shit right about now!"

Riftwind drew quill and ink from a sidedrawer and set about writing a letter to a certain firm of legal counsel. The second phase of his plan was unfolding.

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